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Philippines signs new air rights deal with China

11-24-2010 16:00 BJT

MANILA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine and Chinese governments signed a new air rights deal which will significantly raise the flights between the two countries.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Wednesday that under the new deal, the number of allowed passengers flying from Manila to China's mainland, and vice versa, was increased from the current 10,000 to 13,500 per week.

CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said the Philippine government sought to amend its older deal with China to meet the fast-growing demand for air travel between the two countries.

Philippine officials are also optimistic that this new deal will allow the country take advantage of the many opportunities for trade and tourism from the fast growing Chinese economy.

Arcilla said added provisions gave the Philippines an unlimited number of seats between points outside the main Manila hub to points outside China's own major points of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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